-- Recap courtesy of Bowdoin Athletic Communications --
BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Wesleyan men's basketball team concluded its 2019-20 season with a 65-59 win at Bowdoin on Sunday afternoon.
The Cardinals did not qualify for the NESCAC Tournament as they finished the year with a 14-10 overall record and 3-7 NESCAC mark. The Polar Bears missed out on postseason play as well and conclude the season with an 8-16 mark and 3-7 league ledger.
- Both teams struggled offensively in the opening half as the Polar Bears clung to a 29-25 edge despite shooting just 32% from the field.
- Bowdoin seem poised to take command of the contest in the opening moments of the second half, scoring the first seven points of the period to take a 36-25 lead on a Sam Grad driving layup with 17:57 to go.
- After the Cardinals called timeout, they trimmed the lead back into single digits, but Bowdoin maintained an eight point edge, 42-34, with 13 minutes remaining.
- A dunk by Wesleyan's Jordan James sparked a 12-0 run by the visitors, as they edged ahead on a pair of Preston Maccoux free throws, 44-42, with 10:23 to go.
- A three-pointer by David Reynolds briefly regained the lead for Bowdoin, but James answered with an off-balance lay-in for Wesleyan and, improbably, the Cardinals never trailed again.
- Bowdoin stayed within striking distance and came as close as two points, 53-51, following two Xander Werkman free throws with four minutes to play.
- The Cardinals sealed the win from the line, connecting on six free throws in the final moments to hold off the Polar Bears.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan held Bowdoin to 32% shooting from the field in the victory and forced 13 Bowdoin miscues which they cashed in to 17 key points off turnovers.
- Sam Peek had a double-double before fouling out, scoring 17 points with ten rebounds while Jordan James ended with 13 points and seven boards.
- Bowdoin was led by 25 points from David Reynolds, while Morgan Edwards scored nine points on a trio of three-pointers, off the bench for the Polar Bears.